Posts Tagged ‘Ardea herodias’

The Giant Birds of Golden Gate Park Do Pilates Every Morning

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park like to wake up and get their stretching in as soon as they can.

What a funky chicken. Click to expand:

Don’t miss your chance to see these critters this season via San Francisco Nature Education, the non-profit founded by attorney Nancy DeStefanis. They have some programs, like Heron Watch and Birding for Everyone. Check their calendar or this one on SFGate.com.

The Giant Lollipop Birds of Golden Gate Park

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park sometimes like to get up high and ball up. I guess they do that to warm up in the sun after a cold night.

Don’t miss your chance to see these critters this season via San Francisco Nature Education, the non-profit founded by attorney Nancy DeStefanis. They’ll have some programs, like Heron Watch and Birding for Everyone going on tomorrow, May 2, 2009, and on into the future. Check their calendar or thisone on SFGate.com.

Can you see the beak? Click to expand

The Nesting Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park Return for 2009

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Just as the Cliff Swallows come back to Capistrano every March (or so they say), the Great Blue Herons of San Francisco return to nest on a small island on Stow Lake every January.

See what it looks like via filmmaker Rick Bacigalupi of BaciPix, who presents Nancy DeStefanis, The Heron Lady. Check out SFNature.org for the latest, including new tours of Heron’s Head Park (aka Pier 98) in southeast San Francisco.

This fellow is a regular at the nests in the tops of of the Monterey Cypress of Stow Lake. He’s ready to fight and love all over again this year.

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Welcome back, Ardea herodias

Baby Heron vs Adult Gopher in the Trees Above Golden Gate Park

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

This didn’t end well for the gopher.

The parent bird, the tallest one, just hunted and killed a pocket gopher to bring back to the nest high above Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. The middle chick (fledgling now?) scooped up the undigested rodent to the chagrin of its siblings.

You can see the outline of the gopher slowly sliding down the neck of the aptly named Great Blue Heron.

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Canon 600mm 4.0 IS with Canon 2x II extender.

The Great Blue Heron Watch is Once Again On in Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

It’s that time of year again when giant herons return to their home island on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park.

This particular domestic partnership is shown high atop a Monterey Cypress changing shifts as they take turns guarding their nest and hunting for seafood and pocket gophers. Mmmm, pocket gophers.

Come and watch them on Saturdays per this schedule from San Francisco Nature Education when people like naturalist Nancy DeStefanis can hep you to what’s going on and offer you a free close-up view of the avian activities.

See you there!

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